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Beacon Light: rock painting for awareness

Photo submitted to Times Observer The Beacon Light Rock Art Project is intended to encourage emotional expression and hope during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

There is hope.

This month, Beacon Light in encouraging people to join in the painting of inspirational rocks to help raise awareness, decrease stigma, and spread hope during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

People are welcome to paint rocks with inspirational messages at home and bring them to Beacon Light’s Recovery Center at 1885 Market St., Warren. Clients and staff at Beacon Light are provided free materials for rock painting.

“The rock art project is a form of therapy to encourage emotional expression and hope,” according to a release from Beacon Light. “Rocks painted with positive messages will be placed throughout downtown Warren after Life is Glowrious to promote suicide prevention and awareness. The National Suicide prevention hotline number will be added to the back of each rock.

“Beacon Light’s staff is also asking artists to post their rock photos on Facebook, @BeaconLightBehavioralHealthSystems.

Resources are available for those who may be fighting depression or suicidal ideation. “If you or someone you know is struggling, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255,” according to Beacon Light. “For an immediate crisis, please dial 911.”

Rocks and materials will also be available at the Beacon Light booth at Life is GLOWrious from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, on Liberty Street and Second Avenue in Warren.

GLOWrious, with its glow-in-the-dark theme, will feature music, dancers from Molly Dies School of Dance, Warren Area High School cheerleaders, the Enchanted Fairytale Troupe, and activities.

Those attending are encouraged to dress in glow-in-the-dark gear.

There will be luminaries available to honor or memorialize someone struggling with mental health and suicide, CORE Founder Kari Swanson.

All funds raised by the event will “go to mental health and suicide prevention awareness programs, events, billboards, and activities in Warren County,” Swanson said.

Information about CORE and GLOWrious may be found by visiting www.corewarrenpa.org.

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